Readers' Advisory- What to try if you've been listening to the SIX the Musical soundtrack on repeat
I went to see SIX the Musical in Perth last night after many years of hearing about how great it was. If you're not familiar with the concept, SIX is a kind of rock opera/ pop concert type show in which the six wives of Henry the Eighth are reimagined as pop divas competing for the role of 'lead singer in the band.' The competition? To see which one of them endured the worst treatment (and sometimes abuse) from their royal husband, Henry the Eighth. It's funny, clever, and full of girl power moments that had me cheering myself hoarse. It's currently on at Crown Theatre so do go see it if you can.
And if you've already seen it but want to know more about who these women were, aside from the well-known rhyme -- Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived-- here are a few book suggestions for you to check out.
Ones I've Read
- The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels by Philippa Gregory
My introduction to the Tudor era came through reading Philippa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl, as I'm sure is the case for many armchair Tudor enthusiasts. This novel is the most well-known of a series which looks at a number of women from the Tudor and Plantagenet courts, including Elizabeth Woodville, Elizabeth of York (Henry VIII's mother and Grandmother). Though I'm less of a fan of PG's other works, like the recent Fairmile series, I love her version of the Tudor court and the way that she mixes historical record with courtly intrigue, rumour and imagination. Some of her plotlines need to be read as conjecture and not fact, but that's what you should always do when you choose a novel over an historical account, right?
My favourite of the series is the Katherine of Aragon novel, The Constant Princess. This was the basis for the STARZ series, The Spanish Princess, and the prequel series The White Queen and The White Princess were also based on these books. (We pretend the movie version of The Other Boleyn Girl doesn't exist.)
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- The Six Tudor Queens series by Alison Weir
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